RBF — People are getting fillers and botox to rid themselves of a stern resting expression.
What is RBF? Well, it’s a ‘Resting Bitch Face’ (don’t blame us, we didn’t coin the phrase!).
It’s common for our patients to want to address something they don’t like about their appearance; that’s a key reason for getting botox injections in the first place!
However, the recent revelations in the Daily Mirror that people are using botox to address their RBF have given us pause for thought. It’s no surprise that it’s currently mainly women who a) have botox and b) are accused of ‘having’ RBF.
We cannot be clearer about this: botox injections are a serious medical procedure that does come with risk, albeit low risk, but enough that we feel a responsible practitioner would take time in weighing up the risk vs. benefit in any patient having the treatment.
Is RBF more of an issue for women?
To spell this issue out plainly, I’ll ask the question: is being labelled as having a ‘resting bitch face’ a symptom of sexism, where it’s not acceptable for a woman to look a certain way when men wouldn’t receive the same criticism? And, if so, is it therefore not a good enough reason to have botox or fillers?
As a responsible practitioner, the clinician has to weigh up whether botox treatment is appropriate and safe, and the reality is that it differs from person to person. Wanting botox to ‘treat’ RBF, isn’t necessarily an invalid reason, but neither should a practitioner treat a client solely for that complaint without a proper, holistic consultation. For example, the adverse psychological effect the patient is experiencing because of the problem that a botox or fillers treatment may address is a very real factor.
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